From his emergence in the 1950s - when an uncannily beautiful young man from Oklahoma appeared on the West Coast to become, virtually overnight, a giant of "cool" jazz - until his mysterious death in 1988, the story of Chet Baker has all the trappings of an American myth. In this biography of Baker's life, James Gavin gives the reader a full account of this dark journey. Starting with Baker's tormented youth - the pain that would haunt his entire life, barely concealed by an enigmatic, ultracool facade - the author re-creates the birth of the uniquely lyrical, if erratic, trumpet player and the fragile tenor voice that catapulted Baker to fame. His magnetic looks and anguished bearing entranced both sexes, but his only real romance, apart from music, was with drugs. Gavin narrates in detail the harrowing spiral of dependency down which Baker tumbled, dragging with him those who dared to get close.
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e of the most romanticized icon in jazz is thrillingly recounted in this first major biography.
From his emergence in the 1950s―when an uncannily beautiful young man from Oklahoma appeared on the West Coast to become, seemingly overnight, the prince of “cool” jazz―until his violent, drug-related death in Amsterdam in 1988, Chet Baker lived a life that has become an American myth. Now, drawing on hundreds of interviews and previously untapped sources, James Gavin gives a hair-raising account of the trumpeter’s dark journey.
The story of Baker’s demise―a heretofore unsolved riddle―is revealed here at last. So is the truth behind his tormented childhood, the pain of which haunted his entire life. Gavin explores the birth of the melancholy trumpet playing, the fragile tenor voice, and the otherworldly personal aura that catapulted Baker to fame. Sexy, angelic, needy, and forbidding all at once, Baker became known as the James Dean o
James Gavin is the author of Intimate Nights- The Golden Age of New York Cabaret and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications. He lives in New York.
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Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR003488086
Descripción Chatto & Windus, London, 2002. Cloth. Estado de conservación: Nr.fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Nr. Fine. First UK Edn. 430pp. Plates. Nº de ref. de la librería 004297